Oregon ON Fair Housing Best Practices - Statement of Values: Our goal as an industry is to create properties that are welcoming and effectively serve all types of people. We believe our communities are best served when decent housing is available to all people, regardless of income or personal characteristics. We want to continually further fair housing, to ensure that members of all protected classes have equal access to housing within the community of their choice, to make sure that none of our actions or rules has a disparate impact on a particular group of people. All of us recognize that we may have internal biases of which we may be unaware. We know that the process of furthering fair housing and equity in our communities is a continual process of assessment, learning and evaluating our results. We see fair housing as an ideal that requires continual effort, not an end to be reached. Click here to read the Fair Housing Best Practices.
We ask that all of our members also adopt these values and best practices within their organizations. We are proud to show our commitment to ensuring that all Oregonians have access to safe and decent affordable homes and we are pleased to share this commitment and these best practices with communities and citizens throughout the state. It is our hope that by adopting these values and best practices Oregon becomes a more welcoming and inclusive place for all people.
These Fair Housing Best Practices may be modified from time to time. The document will be maintained on our website and shared with both current and incoming members. All members are expected to adhere to the values expressed in the policy and to strive to use the Best Practices in their organization. We welcome and encourage member input and feedback on these Best Practices.
OTHER OREGON ON POLICIES
Anti –Discrimination Policy Oregon Opportunity Network does not discriminate against any employee, volunteer or customer on the basis of race, color, cultural heritage, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status or any other status protected under local, state, or federal law. This policy extends to all personnel decisions, terms and conditions of employment, vendor contracts and provision of services. Oregon Opportunity Network does not tolerate harassment for any reason. Respect for the dignity of others shall be the guiding principle for our relations with each other.
Policy on Immigration Policies Adopted May 6, 2009 Oregon Opportunity Network (Oregon ON) is a statewide association of over 40 nonprofit affordable housing and community development organizations. Our mission is to support and strengthen our members through advocacy, communications, peer learning, and best practice development. Oregon ON’s members help build sustainable communities, develop affordable housing for working families, people with disabilities, seniors and others, and provide economic opportunities for Oregonians who are struggling to meet their basic needs. As affordable housing providers, we believe that there is a need for a comprehensive, national immigration policy that is compassionate, realistic and economically sensible. Because we recognize that many of Oregon’s farmworker and Latino families include both individuals who are able to document that they are legally present in the U.S. and those who cannot, a comprehensive immigration policy must also address the fundamental need for family unification. Oregon ON believes that the denial of housing is not a valid immigration policy and that it should not be the role of affordable housing providers to implement immigration policies. When required by statute, our members follow policies such as verifying social security numbers. However, we believe that programmatic regulations that require evidence of social security numbers are a private concern for our residents. Given this position, we also recognize that our members’ refusal to provide social security numbers where not statutorily required is not an immigration issue and indicates nothing about the immigration status of our residents. Oregon ON’s opposes piecemeal immigration policies and any additional regulation of affordable housing programs related to immigration compliance, unless and until there is a comprehensive, national, immigration policy that addresses the needs of all members of our communities, including new immigrants.